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Show ‘em Who’s Boss

Electronics are becoming so important in children’s lives that parents may feel that electronics run the family more than they do. It doesn’t have to be this way though. It’s a simple battle to win… you just may need to prepare. 

 If you’re aware that electronics are ruling your children’s lives, as well as causing tension in your family, it’s time to make a stand. Some parents may be afraid to do this because they don’t know how to approach the situation. This article gives some basic but helpful suggestions that will get your kids less focused on electronics and more focused on you and the family.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/apologies-freud/201201/why-adolescents-overuse-technology-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

 

Kick the habit kids!

While you may be aware of some of the negative impacts electronics have on people, your teens may not. Are you struggling to get a message across to them? No need to argue with them though; this article may get them to listen.  

Below is an article from livestrong.com explaining the negative impacts electronics have on teenagers. Parents aren’t making this up. These are real concerns that teens aught to start paying attention to.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/536846-the-negative-effects-electronics-have-on-teens/

Less light, more sleep

Sleep. It’s a beautiful thing and no one should be deprived of it. However, with such hectic lives, it may be difficult to get a solid 8 hours of sleep a night. Even if a person can find the time, sleep is often disrupted during the night. So how do we gain control of this issue?

It may sound odd, but it is believed that one of the biggest disruptions to sleep is the light emitted from our electronics. Many of us are guilty of looking at our phones and laptops just before bed. Research is showing that this habit is having detrimental consequences on our sleep and our health. Click the link below to learn more.

http://chriskresser.com/how-artificial-light-is-wrecking-your-sleep-and-what-to-do-about-it



The Ugly Truth About Electronics

It’s not a research paper, but the facts revealed in this article definitely answer some questions that may have you stumped.

Why are your children talking to you less? Why aren’t they doing as well in school? Have you noticed that their weight may have increased? Why is this all happening? Are you doing something wrong as a parent? Read this and you’ll find that electronics are to blame, not you. 

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/family-tech/tech-effects-on-family/5-ways-technology-has-negatively-affected-families.htm#page=5

 

Make your home a family fun zone

A list of 30 ideas that will keep you and your family off the phone, in your home, and in the zone to engage in family fun activities.

So you want to spend time with your family, but don’t necessarily want to leave the house? No problem. With this list, the stress of having to go out, spend money, and wait on lines will be completely eliminated. You’ll even learn that your home has more potential than you think it does when it comes to entertaining your family.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/30-fun-things-home.html

Family fun night

You’ve had a long day at work, and all you’re looking to do is get home, sit back, relax, and tune out the world as you watch your favorite television show. We’re all guilty of this, even the family members that you’re living with. Solution? Read on!

 Coming up with creative family activities can be difficult, especially after a long day. However, with this little cheat sheet handy, you can spend less time thinking of something to do, and more time actually doing it. 

http://www.imom.com/20-ideas-for-a-family-fun-night/

Nutritious AND Delicious

Are you looking to steer your children away from unhealthy habits (such as sitting hours in front of a computer screen or TV) and getting them interested in more beneficial ones, such as eating healthier, more nutritious meals? Believe it or not, getting your children to eat and appreciate quality food isn’t as hard as it seems

There is a belief that healthy food is unappealing to children. Though it may be difficult to force your little ones to snack on a plate of raw cucumbers and carrots, there are so many quick, easy, and creative recipes out there that are not only nutritious,  but loved by children. We’ll get you started with one of our favorite “go-to” recipe websites for children. Just click the link below!

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/kid-friendly/kid-friendly-recipes

Electronic blue light, what?

For most of us, “electronic blue light,” is a foreign term.  However, while we may not know what this means, we are staring right into it’s definition, literally. The screen you are looking into right now, whether on your cell phone, laptop, or tablet, is emitting a blue light that can be hazardous to your eyes, your sleep, and your health. Scary, we know! But we have some solutions!

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Food for all

If one website with healthy meals for children wasn’t enough, we have another great website to share with you. With recipes so great, even you’ll be eating them.

Make your home a safe haven for nutritious meals for the entire family! Havenrecipies.com has great ideas for children that you’ll also find enjoyable. You can thank us later.

 http://havenrecipes.com/HAVEN_RECIPES/CELEBRATE_RECIPES.html   

Move Together, Improve Together

As parents, we often forget how to play. However, one of the best ways to get your kids up off the couch, and on their feet is if you engage in activities with them. Don’t worry, if you’ve forgotten what playtime is like, we can help.

 
Finding activities to play with your children is one thing; actually playing with them is another. With the responsibilities and roles we have as parents, we often forget what it’s like to let our guard down and just BE FREE while playing with our children. Here are some great tips on how to become a better playmate for your child.

http://www.bluearth.org/pdf/tips/Tips%20for%20Active%20Families.pdf

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